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Old 12-26-2010, 03:46 AM   #1
ongreystreet
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Did my first brew this morning, BB Altbier Kit.

I ended up with a OG of 1.033, kit says it should be a 1.048 on the low end.

I strained going into fermenter and still got a lot of hop pellet bits in the primary, not sure if this is going to be an issue, let me know what you think?

The foam has spread even across the top and I am getting almost a bubble every second or two.

 
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Old 12-26-2010, 04:07 AM   #2
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Don't worry about the hops. They will settle out to the bottom.
1.033.....did you take that reading right after topping off? It might not have been mixed enough.
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Old 12-26-2010, 04:32 AM   #3
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Don't worry about the hops. They will settle out to the bottom.
1.033.....did you take that reading right after topping off? It might not have been mixed enough.
I actually took one after topping off and it was at 1.025, then mixed it some in carboy and got 1.037(I posted wrong before with 1.033)

So I am about .011 off, maybe more mixing would have gotten an even better reading.

 
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:38 PM   #4
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if its an extract or extract + steeping grains kit, just go by what the target OG was. if you topped with water its very difficult to get an accurate reading, in the future I suggest taking the reading before topping and calculating for the correct volume:
batch OG = post-boil OG * post-boil volume / batch volume

 
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Old 12-26-2010, 11:23 PM   #5
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Hey I remember my first batch and all the things I learned from it and the batches following. Some of the things I wish that I considered early I listed here: http://winklerbrewery.blogspot.com/2...-consider.html

let me know if you can think of anymore so I can add them.

 
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:06 AM   #6
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Hey I remember my first batch and all the things I learned from it and the batches following. Some of the things I wish that I considered early I listed here: http://winklerbrewery.blogspot.com/2...-consider.html

let me know if you can think of anymore so I can add them.
Expect to make a mess, even if it's just clean water and sanitizer.

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Old 12-27-2010, 12:10 AM   #7
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haha that very very true.

 
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:17 AM   #8
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Expect to make a mess, even if it's just clean water and sanitizer.
I think I will set my buckets in a plastic storage container for fermentation. I am considering filling it with some water for temperature stabilization. Water doesn't change temp very fast as the hvac system. That would also catch any mess that might happen.

 
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:23 AM   #9
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That is very innovative and something to consider. I wonder how many people do that, its a pretty good way to isolate the fermenters i guess. It might prevent a brew mess but might still get things a little wet haha
good luck!

 
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:29 AM   #10
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That is very innovative and something to consider. I wonder how many people do that, its a pretty good way to isolate the fermenters i guess. It might prevent a brew mess but might still get things a little wet haha
good luck!
I read about people in Florida doing it because they were having a hard time maintaining a 60-70 degree fermentation temp. They would drop a couple of frozen 2L plastic bottles of ice in the water as needed to keep things cooler.

 
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